Monday, January 23, 2012

Tummy Tuck Post Operative Care


Steri Strips:  Continue wearing Steri Strips for 7-10 days after sutures are removed.  Blow dry strips after showering (warm air, not hot) and apply new strips every other day.  Residual moisture trapped under the Steri Strips can cause infection.

Drains:  Drains are left in for a period of 3-4 days to a few weeks.  Please remember to “milk” each drain prior to emptying the reservoir.  Never detach the reservoir from the tube.  Each reservoir must be recorded separately. 

Belly Button and Drain Wound Care:  Cleanse these sites twice daily with alcohol.  Use an alcohol-soaked Q-tip for the base of your belly button.  Apply Bacitracin ointment then cover loosely, just to keep the ointment from soiling your garment and clothes.  Continue this routine until each site is healed.

Back Pain:  Back pain is very common during the recovery period following a Tummy Tuck.  This is due to walking and standing in a hunched-over position.  Refer to “Back Spasms” in the Specific Post Op. Instructions in your Pre Op Booklet.  Try to get to an upright posture as soon as possible after the first week, but go at your own pace.  

Activity:  Refrain from exercise and strenuous activity for 6 weeks.  This keeps swelling to a minimum and helps to prevent a seroma.

Seroma:  This is a collection of fluid or localized swelling that your body cannot absorb rapidly enough.  Seromas are not too common but usually occur in the lower abdominal area just after the drains are removed.  The area will swell more than any other area to an obvious point.  Should this occur, Dr. Delgado will remove the excess fluid in the office.  Keeping your activity level at a minimum is a good preventative measure.

Garment:  Your garment should be worn day and night for six weeks, except for laundering.  It must be very snug at all times.  As your swelling subsides, a smaller garment may be needed.

Silicone Gel:  The Silicone Gel Sheeting may be used once the Steri Strips fall off or are removed (approx. 10 days after applied).  Silicone helps to achieve the best appearance of the incision line and prevent keloid scars.  Use the product only on healed incision line; not on broken skin, wounds or scales.  The Silicone should be used for at lease 2 months.


Before Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift with Implants
Post Op Outcome At six months

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tummy Tuck-The Final Touches-San Francisco Bay Area | Marin County

Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a wonder cosmetic surgery procedure  for women who have completed the child bearing years. Women often diet and exercise to achieve their pre-pregnancy body but the stretched abdomen and skin only responds minimally.  For these women the tummy tuck is a perfect permanent solution.  The final touches for a beautiful mid-section is liposuction of the flank which blend into the abdominal area.  The liposuction will reduce the fat bulk in the waist area allowing the skin of the abdomen to be pulled tighter and flatter.  The liposuction final touch will also add a nice curve to the upper buttock area.  If the breast surgery is added to the tummy tuck and liposuction it is called a "mommy makeover".
Tummy Tuck Before and after photo

Pre-op photo

Post-op Tummy Tuck With Flank Liposuction
Pre-Op Photo

Post-Op after Tummy Tuck and Flank Liposuction
Pre-op Photo

Post-op Photo after Tummy Tuck And Flank Liposuction

These are beforand after photo of very typical paients who have undergone tummy tuck and liposuction.  The final result is permenent.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Welcome to Tummy Tuck San Francisco

We are excited to start a tummy tuck blog since it has become so popular, especially with all the hype around mommy makeovers.  We plan to blog frequently to build a basic fundamental understanding on tummy tuck and then present new and exciting news and information.  This bog will include before and after photos and videos from my cosmetic plastic surgery practice..Welcome to Miguel Delgado, MD  surgical practice.

Dr. Miguel Delgado-Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Delgado has offices in San Francisco at Union Square and Marin County in Novato.